FG To Distribute 20,000 Solar Energy Units In 2017

Yemi Osinbajo, Beyond The Grid, Solar Energy UnitsNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says 20,000 new solar energy household units will be dispersed across rural areas in the first phase of the Federal Government’s ‘beyond the grid’ project in 2017.

Professor Osinbajo said that while the government’s commitment to developing traditional means of power generation and transmission remained unshakeable, off the grid energy supply would receive heightened attention, moving forward.

He made the disclosure while commissioning the ‘beyond the grid’ solar power project which was launched by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) in Wuna community of Gwagwalada in Abuja.

The Vice President emphasised that while past rural power projects lacked vision and longevity, the solar energy initiative would strategically power industrious communities that provide goods and services to surrounding territories for broader economic development.

Overseeing the project, the Managing Director of the NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, noted that project maintenance was central in project conceptualisation.

The traditional ruler of Wuna community, Mr Yusuf Isa, who commended the initiative, said that the usage of kerosene lamps has become a memory.

He, however, highlighted some of the challenges the residents of the community faced before the launch of the project.

A farmer in the community, Solomon Jaka, also thanked the government for the project, saying the solar energy initiative has changed his life and that of his family.

Okoracha Displeased With State Of Egbema Power Station Project

Okoracha Displeased With State Of Egbema Power Station ProjectImo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed displeasure with the slow pace of work at the Egbema Power Station Project site.

Governor Okorocha made the appeal on Wednesday during an inspection of the project in Mmahu, Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, Southeast Nigeria.

He charged contractors handling the project to hasten up work at the site to ensure completion.

In response, the contractor said the project was 80 per cent completed, but his declaration was countered by the indigenes who were also not pleased with the pace of work.

However, executives of companies in charge of monitoring and timely completion of the project, the Executive Director (networks) of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Albert Okorogu and General Manager of the National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) for Southeast zone, Nkechi Mba, gave reasons for the delay.

The Egbema Power Project was awarded by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2006 with an installed capacity of 338 megawatts but up till now, the job was less than 60 per cent completed.

Sambo directs speedy transmission of generated power

Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power to ensure speedy evacuation of power generated to ensure constant power supply.

The Vice President gave this directive, when he chaired the 24th Board meeting of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) overseeing the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), at the State House, Abuja.

The Vice President expressed delight with the current generation capacity of over 4,200 megawatts of electricity, he however lamented the lack of integrity and associated problems of the transmission and distribution lines to evacuate the generated power.

Mr Sambo, noted that with the quantity being added to the national grid, Nigerians were experiencing improvement in power supply, and therefore directed the Ministry of Power and the NDPHC to ensure speedy completion of the transmission lines, and the injection substation for the delivery of constant and stable electricity to Nigerians.

He also directed that a meeting be convened to tackle the problem of gas supply to the power plants, which according to him was also militating against power supply.

In line with President Jonathan’s Performance Contract policy, the VP directed that the National Planning Commission to draw up a Performance Contract that will be signed between him and the Board of NDPHC.

He also directed the NDPHC to ensure that such Performance Contract trickles down and that all of its consultants sign the performance bond, which according to him would enhance service delivery.

4,200 megawatts

Earlier the Minister of State for Power, Arc. Darius Ishaku, disclosed that the country is currently generating more than 4,200 megawatts of electricity, saying that the transmission and distribution network has integrity issues, which is affecting the adequate evacuation of the generated power.

He assured the meeting that the Ministry was doing everything possible to arrest the issue.

The Managing Director of NDPHC, who was represented by the Executive Director Technical Services; Mr. Louis Edozien, disclosed that the NIPP projects in Sapele, Alaoji, Olorunsogo and Omotosho were currently generating 1,350mw.

He however, noted that they would have achieved more but for gas supply as he also gave the assurance that progress was being made to ensure early delivery of all NIPP projects in the country.

The board under the chairmanship of the Vice President approved the purchase of replacement parts for Gas Turbines for Calabar, Egbema and Gabarin power plants from General Electric, the original manufacturers.

The board also approved the engagement of fire-fighting management providers for Olorunsogo, Sapele, Alaoji, Omotosho and Ihovbor power plants and the provision of gas pipe line to Geregu Phase II, NIPP power plant were also approved.

While the extension of project consultancy work for construction of Omotosho Phase II power plant was as well approved by the board.